Leo Tolstoy – Book quotes.

Leo Tolstoy is the wordsmith who was able to explore deep causes of all occurrences, describing an epoch contemporary with him, understand the nature of causal links between them.

All Tolstoy-‘s works are full of the deepest psychologism; telling about biographies and acts of heroes, characterizing properties of their personalities, the writer is trying not simply to offer the reader a portrait of one or another person – he is revealing in front of us essence, a penalty, hidden detail of each separate character. Inner world of each hero – chief, as well as secondary – is being unfolded by an author through acts, utterances, actions.

The author always tries to analyze the inner motives of each hero. For example, there is «Childhood. Boyhood. Youth”. The protagonist is engaged in introspection – and using this technique, the author reveals to the reader the cause-effect link between the thoughts, principles, beliefs of the chief character and his actions. The inner world of Tolstoy’s characters is always ambiguous, the writer does not strive for non-ambiguity and laconism of characters created by him and images.

The main principle that Tolstoy is guided by in the process of creating artistic image is a mismatch of internal filling with its external expression. Good-looking, ideal outside characters are found out to be often themselves indifferent and cynical and plain, clumsy men – virtuous and rich soul.

Huck Finn appeared in 1883 and later served as a basis for all American Literature. It was a sequel of another legendary book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Mark Twain became probably the most famous American writer of 19th century.


“Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.”

“It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”

“I think… if it is true that
there are as many minds as there
are heads, then there are as many
kinds of love as there are hearts.”

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

“He stepped down, trying not to look long at her, as if she were the sun, yet he saw her, like the sun, even without looking.”

“If, then, I were asked for the most important advice I could give, that which I considered to be the most useful to the men of our century, I should simply say: in the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”

“Only people who are capable of loving strongly can also suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.”

“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

“If you want to be happy, be.”

“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”

“Is it really possible to tell someone else what one feels?”

“In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you.”

“Nothing is so necessary for a young man as the company of intelligent women.”

“When you love someone, you love the person as they are, and not as you’d like them to be.”

“Rummaging in our souls, we often dig up something that ought to have lain there unnoticed. ”

“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking…”

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.”

“Be bad, but at least don’t be a liar, a deceiver!”

“The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.”

“Love. The reason I dislike that word is that it means too much for me, far more than you can understand.”

“Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it.”

“Anything is better than lies and deceit!”

“All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow.”

“I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be. -Dolly”

“I’ve always loved you, and when you love someone, you love the whole person, just as he or she is, and not as you would like them to be.”

“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”

“If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be no war.”

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”

“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.”

“The strongest of all warriors are these two — Time and Patience.”

“Sometimes she did not know what she feared, what she desired: whether she feared or desired what had been or what would be, and precisely what she desired, she did not know.”

“Muhammad has always been standing higher than the Christianity. He does not consider god as a human being and never makes himself equal to God. Muslims worship nothing except God and Muhammad is his Messenger. There is no any mystery and secret in it.”

“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.”

“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.”

“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.”

“The best stories don’t come from “good vs. bad” but “good vs. good.”

“it’s much better to do good in a way that no one knows anything about it.”

“All the girls in the world were divided into two classes: one class included all the girls in the world except her, and they had all the usual human feelings and were very ordinary girls; while the other class -herself alone- had no weaknesses and was superior to all humanity.”

“They’ve got no idea what happiness is, they don’t know that without this love there is no happiness or unhappiness for us–there is no life.”

“If you love me as you say you do,’ she whispered, ‘make it so that I am at peace.”

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.”

“But I’m glad you’ll see me as I am. Above all, I wouldn’t want people to think that I want to prove anything. I don’t want to prove anything, I just want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself. I have that right, haven’t I?”

“It’s hard to love a woman and do anything.”

“Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.”

“You can love a person dear to you with a human love, but an enemy can only be loved with divine love.”

“But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.”

“It’s not given to people to judge what’s right or wrong. People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken, and in nothing more than in what they consider right and wrong.”

“The whole world is divided for me into two parts: one is she, and there is all happiness, hope, light; the other is where she is not, and there is dejection and darkness…”

“I often think that men don’t understand what is noble and what is ignorant, though they always talk about it.”

“What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are but how you deal with incompatibility.”

“Love those you hate you.”

“He felt now that he was not simply close to her, but that he did not know where he ended and she began.”

“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.”

“He was afraid of defiling the love which filled his soul.”

“A man is like a fraction whose numerator is what he is and whose denominator is what he thinks of himself. The larger the denominator, the smaller the fraction.”

“He soon felt that the fulfillment of his desires gave him only one grain of the mountain of happiness he had expected. This fulfillment showed him the eternal error men make in imagining that their happiness depends on the realization of their desires.”

“Something magical has happened to me: like a dream when one feels frightened and creepy, and suddenly wakes up to the knowledge that no such terrors exist. I have wakened up.”

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